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Can Acetone nail polish remover cause miscarriage?

I painted my finger nails and used 100% Acetone the night of my miscarriage. I didn't think anything of it. But now that I am dwelling on it, it's causing me to be very concerned.

I have read varying answers about Acetone relating to miscarriage. Most everything I have read suggests it's harmless. But I have also read a few other claims suggesting since Acetone is highly toxic, it is harmful to the fetus. And can lead to miscarriage.

I'm having trouble finding any conclusive answers. Can anyone offer some insight?

Thank you.
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You asked an interesting and worthwhile question.

I can only answer with a guess.  There is no absolute positive answer. That being said, it is highly unlikely your fingernail painting had anything whatsoever to do with your miscarriage. You should have no guilt whatsoever.

Miscarriages are part of the way the life-force operates. A fetus that is flawed, and will not survive, is rejected before birth. This has been going on for thousands of years. It happens in all species.

You are in my prayers.
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You asked an interesting and worthwhile question.

I can only answer with a guess.  There is no absolute positive answer. That being said, it is highly unlikely your fingernail painting had anything whatsoever to do with your miscarriage. You should have no guilt whatsoever.

Miscarriages are part of the way the life-force operates. A fetus that is flawed, and will not survive, is rejected before birth. This has been going on for thousands of years. It happens in all species.

You are in my prayers.
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I was actually trying to de-select this response as "the best answer" and ended up selecting it. So please, disregard this the response by "caregiver222" as "the best answer".

Frankly, I'm quite agitated. This is a medical help website. Preaching is not welcome, not at least as a response to my post. Whereas I do appreciate the 'thoughts and prayers', I do not appreciate the ill-informed response.This forum is intended to inform, help prevent, and shed light on issues that otherwise would not be openly discussed.

I am seeking scientific answers to medical questions for the sole purpose of not repeating any harmful action that could be prevented. I'm not looking for psuedo-psychological reassurance or a Kindergartner's hand guide to how this process works.

Because now that this question is posted on this forum, it comes up as a top search result on the search engine. You have to be well-informed before responding to these types of questions.

Do a little research of your own before responding. Or better yet, do not respond at all if you do not have an informed answer to give. I would loathe the thought of someone who would read this post and continue using chemicals that really could do harm.

Whereas these chemicals may not be the exact causation of a miscarriage, they also have been linked to birth defects. Have you researched the chemicals found in Acetone or Formaldehyde, Phthalates, Toluene, DBP, etc? If not, I suggest you do.

With that being said, and again, can anyone provide some educated feedback on this topic?

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Your doctor would be best to ask these questions. I understand your agitation, but you must remember this forum is made up of members who have general knowledge, not expert answers. Results and studies are too inconclusive and to sparse to give the answers you seem to be looking for. To my understanding (and from past readings) you would need massive amounts of exposure to cause a miscarriage. People at risk of this would be workers and such that are around this daily. A one time exposure is doubtful to do anything.
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no it is not harmful unless your drinking it or in a seriously poorly vented room. Triggers for miscarrying include, weight(too heavy, to thin), smoking prior to or during pregnancy, as it cuts off oxygen supply in the blood for thriving, caffeine intake in excess...like the women addicted to dd iced coffees, drinking even one glass of alcohol as the fetus recieves alcohol in the exact same levels as the mother does, repeated abortion(causes scar tissue, not likely to be a top one as there are many many spots for the egg to attach too.) spontaneous(meaning genetically that egg could not survive, as hard as that is to grasp.) stress, stress makes you tense when your tense your not relaxed if your not relaxed your muscles are tense the uterus is an amazing muscle. not getting enough sleep, your body feeds the fetus best while sleeping, just as your body makes all its repairs at night. incompitent cervic caused by various stds like hpv, herpes(extremely hard to diagnos as it does not show at a dimes notice there is a time frame for accurate blood testing.) being sick or getting over mono, whe you are sick your body fights infection and claims war on anything foreign to your body, that includes the fetus in extreme cases. working around toxins, like a photo chemical factory(not a lab at walmart), drinking contaminated water, eating bad food or mis handled food, prepare your own food for the first trimester as a precaution as mcdonalds and other places are there for pay not to make sure preggos get clean food. undercooked eggs, no prenatalsto help you thrive as well as baby. eating nothing of solid caloric intake. you should take a prenatal weeks before conception to ensure that you have a great mineral supply, make sure your weight is right for your frame and height, take extra folic acid 1gram since you are now prone to miscarrying, eat healthy ex greek yogurt. it super high protein and full of calories that actually count. avoid all caffeine like its poison. NO carbonated beverages, no junk food. miscarraiges are serious and there is a lot to do to prevent it. NEVER give up, its tough and heart wrenching but if a baby is something you want to experience through pregnancy hang in there. my close friend went through 5 losses before being 8months now and due in may. she felt like giving up and just "cutting her losses". she couldnt be happier. dwelling on it wont change it, grieve and when you are ready move on. try again, and again. it will all work out.
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Thank you for your reply. I too just miscarried, my 3rd, and I too can't help but try to search for an answer, even though I know there really likely isn't a definite reason. I realized had my nails done with gel polish and they soaked off the old polish in acetone for about 10min, as they always do, right around the day my doctor guesses that my fetus died. It was at 10 weeks. What you said makes sense, and I think I will just avoid it altogether as a precaution next time. Thank you for your thoughtful response.
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I had my 12 week scan last week to discover I had had a missed miscarriage. The doctor told me the baby had stopped devoloping at approx 6 weeks and 2 days . At this exact time I was on a nail technician course where lots and lots of acetone was being used by all students in a  small confined space . I know I'll never know for sure but I can't help but think there may be a connection somehow.
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